ROG Ally X
ROG Ally X

ASUS ROG Ally X: Enhanced features and Performance

What To Know

  • ASUS was the first major PC maker to venture into gaming handhelds, and despite some initial hiccups like a faulty microSD card reader, the ROG Ally was a hit.
  • Now, after a year on the market, the ROG Ally is getting a significant upgrade with the new ROG Ally X, turning it into the device gamers have been dreaming of.
  • The Ally X isn’t a full sequel but a major mid-cycle refresh, similar to what Nintendo did with the Switch in 2019.
  • The Ally X features a sleek new black exterior and a slightly thicker design, allowing for more ergonomic grips and a better button layout.

ASUS was the first major PC maker to venture into gaming handhelds, and despite some initial hiccups like a faulty microSD card reader, the ROG Ally was a hit.

Now, after a year on the market, the ROG Ally is getting a significant upgrade with the new ROG Ally X, turning it into the device gamers have been dreaming of.

Key Enhancements in the ROG Ally X

The Ally X isn’t a full sequel but a major mid-cycle refresh, similar to what Nintendo did with the Switch in 2019. However, ASUS has made more substantial improvements to the new model’s capabilities.

The Ally X retains the powerful Ryzen Z1 Extreme chip and the 7-inch 120Hz LCD screen from its predecessor, but almost everything else has been enhanced.

  • Battery Life: The battery capacity has been doubled to 80Wh from 40Wh, ensuring longer gaming sessions without needing a recharge.
  • Storage: It now boasts a 1TB M.2 SSD, up from 512GB. The full-size 2280 module offers ample room for third-party storage upgrades.
  • Memory: The memory has been upgraded to 24GB of faster LPDDR5X 75000 RAM from 16GB.
  • Cooling System: The new fan system is 23% smaller yet provides 24% better airflow, enhancing overall performance and battery life.
Design and Ergonomics

ASUS didn’t stop with internal upgrades. The Ally X features a sleek new black exterior and a slightly thicker design, allowing for more ergonomic grips and a better button layout.

The new precision D-Pad replaces the previous one, which felt less responsive. The joysticks now have stiffer springs, increasing durability and responsiveness.

Connectivity and Versatility

One of the standout features is the addition of a second USB-C port, which supports both USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4.

This allows the use of an external GPU while leaving another port free for charging or other accessories. ASUS has also removed the proprietary XG mobile connector, making the device more versatile.

Final Thoughts

The ASUS ROG Ally X addresses many issues from the original model, making it a more robust and comfortable handheld gaming device.

The larger battery, improved grips, and additional USB-C port make it versatile and user-friendly. With a starting price of $800, just $100 more than the original, the Ally X is reasonably priced for its enhanced features.

The ROG Ally X is available for pre-order at Best Buy, with official sales starting in July.